When it comes to smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines, there is no questioning the effectiveness of Botox and similar treatments like Dysport and Xeomin. Now, there’s also a growing trend to stop wrinkles before they start with preventative, also known as “baby,” Botox.

Traditionally, Botox patients have been in their 40s or over and looking to treat existing wrinkles and lines. Today, some patients in their 30s, and even their 20s, are getting treatments in an attempt to limit the severity of wrinkles that may form later, according to Dr. David Shafer, a New York plastic surgeon.

“Preventive Botox helps reduce the formation or worsening of static wrinkles that are seen at rest,” said Dr. Shafer. “Botox can help smooth dynamic wrinkles while also improving or preventing static wrinkles.”


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Dr. Ziyad Hammoudeh, a surgeon in Marina del Rey, California, said that many of his patients coming in for preventative treatments are just beginning to notice signs of facial aging and want the treatment to prevent deep wrinkles from forming, adding that many of them are in their late 20s or early 30s.

Does that mean every 20-something should be running for the aesthetic door? No, doctors on RealSelf say. Whether it’s right for you is determined by the condition of wrinkles you have rather than just your age.

“The ideal candidate for preventative Botox is a patient who does not yet have deep wrinkles and is just starting to get faint wrinkles at rest with no facial expression,” Dr. Hammoudeh said.

Wrinkles come in all shapes and sizes, and treatments need to be tailored to each individual. Ultimately, Dr. Shafer said preventative treatment could be for anyone concerned with developing static wrinkles over time.

If you do notice early signs of aging, treatment now can save you time, effort and money down the road as deep wrinkles are more difficult to treat. As always, it’s best to talk to your doctor and find a solution that works for you.

“Everyone wants to look their best, and administering Botox in a preventative fashion is a great way to help patients keep doing that,” Dr. Hammoudeh said.

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